I don't normally post on Tuesdays but today I just have some super important things to tell you!
#1. I made the best EVER breakfast casserole yesterday. I had made one version of it a little while ago but it was a little bland... this time it was SO FLIPPING AMAZING that I cannot even stop eating it.
- 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 bag fresh spinach (~4 big handfuls)
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 c. milk
- salt, pepper, olive oil (or some other cooking oil/butter/spray)
- 1 c. chicken broth (I use the chicken boullion powder and mix it with water to make broth)
- 1/2 c. quinoa
- 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever kind floats your boat)
Cook the quinoa in the chicken broth according to quinoa directions (ours says bring to a boil then simmer for 15 mins). While that's cooking, heat olive oil in a pan and sautee garlic, onion, carrots, and green pepper with some salt and pepper. Once those vegetables are softened/kinda cooked(~5 mins on medium heat), add the spinach and stir it all around until the spinach wilts. Whisk the eggs with the milk (and a little more salt and pepper) and then add everything together (eggs, veggies, quinoa). Pour into a greased 9x9 (8x8? whatever size is normal) pan and cover with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until you see the edges get brown and pull away from the pan.
And then eat it every morning for breakfast (it will probably last 5 breakfasts worth?) and be very very happy.
#2. Do any of you use PicMonkey for your blog/picture design needs? I used to... but I just heard about Canva (from Amy Lynn Andrews; you should check out her blog, it's full of awesome blogging/business resources) so I tried it out and HOLY COW so much better than PicMonkey.
I believe the site is still in the Beta version but so far I've been super impressed. Canva is wayyyy more user friendly than PicMonkey. It is free to use most everything but some pictures/designs you have to pay for (they'll have a big "CANVA" watermark on them, that's how you know it's not free!). So far I've been able to find everything I need for free.
One of the biggest reasons that I like it is because you can SAVE your work and edit it later, unlike PicMonkey. So... yeah, you should try it.
#3. Mike and I made our favorite meal EVER (not to be confused with the best breakfast casserole EVER that I spoke of in #1) again on Sunday night and once again thought we had died and gone to heaven. We made Thanksgiving Chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry. IT. WAS. AMAZING. Also I realized that the entire meal was around $10 and it lasted each of us 2 dinners and a lunch... uhhhh $10 for 6 meals = best budget food ever! You need to make Thanksgiving Chicken RIGHT NOW. Like, seriously, it's a culinary emergency, make it NOW!
#4. Winter time normally means that my motivation to work out is significantly decreased (which is bad when I'm eating thanksgiving chicken + mashed potatoes at every meal). Especially with the polar vortex and all that stuff, ya know? But this year I'm following along with Tone it Up's Love Your Body Challenge and you should totally do it too! It's about a week and a half in to the challenge (oops sorry, shoulda told you earlier!) but you can totally jump in at any time.
The girls post a weekly workout schedule on Sunday so that you know what workouts you need to do that week, and then during the week you just do the workouts! Usually each day they tell you to do some cardio (running, walking, biking, ellipticaling, etc) and one of their workout videos (that are all up on YouTube!). I really like it so far because it's making me be active when all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch Ke$ha's MTV show (and eat mashed potatoes).
So. There's your daily dose of random information from me, do what you want with it.